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2017 Honda CBR1000RR SP Review
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Sharper than Ever…
Superbikes have always been special machines, offering levels of power, handling, and refinement no other streetbikes can match. The new 25th anniversary CBR1000RR is a Superbike where the rider comes first. Where you get a degree of connection unlike anything in the class. Available in three distinct model options this year, it’s designed to dominate in the most important category of all: rider satisfaction.
The all-new 2017 CBR1000RR is lighter, more powerful and faster than any CBR1000RR we’ve ever produced. Trackdays your specialty? Racetrack riding puts special demands on any machine, and you’ll find Honda’s new CBR1000RR SP is up to that challenge. Available in limited numbers, it has all the features of our new 2017 CBR1000RR, but adds premium Ã–hlins electronic suspension, Brembo brakes, a titanium muffler, and more. In addition to the SP, Honda is offering an even more exotic CBR1000RR SP2 in extremely limited numbers for the most serious enthusiasts and professional racers. The CBR1000RR SP2 incorporates all the special features of the CBR1000RR SP, and adds bigger intake and exhaust valves and lighter forged Marchesini wheels.
First introduced overseas in 1992 (and in the U.S. shortly thereafter), Honda’s largest CBR has continuously reset expectations of what an open-class sport bike should be, with a holistic “Total Control” design approach that focuses on cornering, acceleration and braking. That practice is taken to the next level with the 25th anniversary CBR1000RR SP, which has a 14% better power-to-weight ratio thanks to a weight reduction of 33 lbs. and 10 horsepower increase. Fully loaded with a cutting-edge electronics package, the CBR1000RR SP is underpinned by the “Next Stage Total Control” concept, with nimble handling and amazing acceleration.
The Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade goes to the next stage of Total Control.
Since 1992 the Fireblade has seen many changes and been through many evolutions – each underpinned by the concept of Total Control.
Each generation has built on the legacy of the original Fireblade, providing a superbly balanced package that works incredibly well on track and, even more importantly, is both exhilarating and uniquely rewarding to ride out on the open road.
90% of major components are new on the 2017 version and power to weight ratio’s
are improved across the range.
2017 Honda CBR1000RR SP www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
Equipped with semi-active Ã–hlins Step motor-type Electronic Control suspension, plus Honda Selectable Torque Control, Wheelie Control, Rear Lift Control, Selectable Engine Brake, Cornering ABS, Quickshifter, Downshift Assist, Riding Mode Select System and Power Selector. Power to weight ratio is improved by 14% thanks to a 15kg weight reduction and 8kW power boost.
Power up, weight down
Lighter, more powerful, easier to control. The CBR1000RR SP’s 16-valve DOHC engine has received an impressive array of improvements for 2017, resulting in a 10 horsepower increase and contributing to a significant overall weight reduction. Yet even with a 14 percent improvement in power-to-weight ratio (between comparable ABS models), the new SP maintains its user-friendly character, due in large part to its cutting-edge electronics package that’s a key feature of the bike’s Next Stage Total Control design concept.
The engine revs harder and higher, thanks to an increase in compression ratio to 13:1 from 12.3:1, revised cam timing and valve lift, and a higher 13,000 rpm rev limit. The pistons feature an optimized wall thickness and a new crown design, while the piston rings have Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) coating that improves sealing. Polished inlet and exhaust ports in the cylinder head and “gas-flowed” combustion chambers improve efficiency, and the intake funnels are “slash cut”, a design used in World Superbike.
A magnesium oil pan and ignition cover, a lighter Assist Slipper Clutch (with a 17 percent easier pull at the lever), lighter but stronger transmission gears, even a careful analysis of the shape and length of bolts, hoses and clamps, all contribute to an engine that’s 2 kg (4.4 lbs) lighter for 2017.
Lightweight titanium muffler
The new titanium irregular-cross-section muffler shaves a full 2.8 kg (6.2 lbs) from the CBR’s overall weight, while also creating an unmistakable sound at open throttle. The exhaust supplier to the Repsol Honda MotoGP team was asked to develop the prototype and produced an exquisite design with the 4-2-1 double-layer downpipes incorporating the exhaust valve within the first main pipe.
The CBR1000RR SP’s new cutting-edge electronic control system allows you to tailor the bike’s performance exactly the way you like it. Central to the system is the 5-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) gyro, which precisely measures what the machine is doing, in every plane. It works with the fuel-injection ECU, the new Throttle By Wire system – the first on an inline-four Honda – and even the ABS system to provide unparalleled ride control right at your fingertips.
Choose your Riding Mode
Riding full-out on the track on Saturday, then taking a leisurely spin on your favourite twisty road on Sunday? The Riding Mode Select System makes it easy to program the CBR’s electronic controls for various types of riding situations. Accessed via the instrument panel and switches beside the left handgrip, RMSS lets you choose – on the fly – between five different combinations of electronic control: three modes offer preset combinations of engine power level, rear-wheel traction and wheelie control, engine braking strength, and suspension damping control, while two additional user settings allow you to customize combinations to your exact preferences.
Full rider control
Here’s what the Riding Mode Select System allows you to control. Power Selector (5 levels), which regulates engine power from peak output in all six gears at Level 1 to gentler power increase at Level 5 (all levels have the same throttle response on initial opening). Honda Selectable Torque Control (9 levels and off), which manages rear-wheel traction and front-wheel lift under acceleration. Selectable Engine Brake Control (3 levels), which regulates the amount of engine-braking force when you roll off the throttle. Ã–hlins Smart EC (3 manual and 3 automatic modes), which controls both the compression and rebound damping force of the semi-active Ã–hlins Electronic Control fork and shock.
Shift without the clutch
Working in conjunction with the Throttle By Wire, fuel-injection and ignition systems, the SP’s quickshifter and Downshift Assist let you smoothly and quickly upshift or downshift without using the clutch. It even momentarily blips the throttle on downshifts, and you can select from three modes or off.
Larger EFI throttle bodies
The CBR’s Dual-Stage Fuel Injection system features two sets of injectors per cylinder for instantaneous high-rpm response, great low-rpm fuel metering, and clean running. Refined EFI settings and larger throttle bodies (48 mm vs 46 mm) make the engine even more manageable, with smoother throttle response particularly at smaller throttle openings.
Fully adjustable, semi-active, and track ready, the new Ã–hlins Smart EC suspension system is a huge upgrade from what you’d normally find on a streetbike. Here’s how it works: The Suspension Control Unit receives roll rate, yaw rate and lean angle information from the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) gyro, while also gathering wheel speed, engine rpm, brake input and throttle angle from other sensors. Using the Riding Mode Select System, you can choose from three automatic modes that calculate the ideal front and rear compression and rebound damping settings based on the input data, or use the three manual modes to set damping rates yourself to perfectly suit the conditions and your riding style.
The CBR1000RR SP’s new gyro-assisted ABS takes anti-lock braking technology to an even higher level. Using lean-angle data from the IMU and both front- and rear-wheel speed sensors, the system allows hard trail braking into corners and limits rear-wheel lift – preventing the rear of the machine from elevating or “backing in” around the front. Brembo four-piston monobloc radial-mount front brake calipers use newly developed brake pads with a high coefficient of friction that perform better at the elevated temperatures created during aggressive riding.
Even better handling
The hollow die-cast twin-spar aluminum frame’s rigidity balance has been significantly adjusted to give even sweeter handling with outstanding steering response, feel and stability. And it’s even lighter than ever – by about 800 grams – thanks to a thinning of the frame walls in particular sections. Same thing with the Unit Pro-Link swingarm, which has had the thickness of each section adjusted to save approximately 100 grams while maintaining transverse rigidity and increasing torsional rigidity.
Titanium fuel tank
Positioned high, the weight of the fuel tank (and fuel) plays a significant part in a motorcycle’s handling. In another first for mass production, Honda has developed a compact 16-litre titanium fuel tank for the CBR1000RR SP. Manufactured by an ultra-deep drawing process, it’s 1.3 kg (2.86 lbs) lighter than an equivalent steel tank and contributes to improved concentration of mass and a reduction in the moment of inertia. As well, knee-grip area has been narrowed by 30 mm for improved aerodynamics and rider comfort and control.
Most steering dampers only sense handlebar-deflection speed. The Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD) is way more sophisticated. It also detects vehicle speed, and adjusts damping proportionally. This helps maintain low-speed maneuverability while providing predictable high-speed handling.
New Y-shape aluminum wheels have five spokes instead of six for improved aerodynamic stability, while thickness has been reduced to cut weight by approximately 100 grams.
Like the exotic RC213V-S, the CBR1000RR SP uses a full-colour TFT liquid-crystal instrument panel that automatically adjusts to ambient light. It includes a speedometer, tachometer and odometers, plus indicators for gear position, shift-up point (rider adjustable), fuel economy, distance to empty, and more. And by choosing one of three modes – Street, Circuit or Mechanic – the panel also reveals a wealth of additional data. Street shows you the Riding Mode you’re in plus the settings for each parameter: P (Power Selector), T (Honda Selectable Torque Control), EB (Selectable Engine Brake) and S (Suspension). Circuit adds to these the lap time, number of laps, and difference from the best lap. Mechanic displays such info as grip angle, coolant temperature and battery voltage.
The CBR’s sleek, lightweight new bodywork wraps around the chassis and engine tightly, adding to the bike’s compact proportions and aerodynamic efficiency. The upper fairing has been narrowed by 24 mm, and the surface angle of the headlights and the contouring of the side slits support stability at speed. In a racing crouch the rider is tucked well out of the airstream, and in normal riding situations air pressure is evenly distributed on the rider’s shoulders, back and sides.
Bright LED lighting
All lighting is crisp LED, with the twin front headlights offering high/low beam on both sides. The new headlights also save a full half-kilogram of high-mounted weight, further improving the CBR1000RR SP’s mass centralization.
Lightweight lithium-ion battery
The lithium-ion battery is half the weight of the previous lead-acid battery. Service life is even better, and the central mounting location helps to improve mass centralization.
2017 Honda CBR1000RR SP www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
•Valve lift and timing have been optimized for higher engine speeds,
with the maximum raised from 12,250 to 13,000 rpm.
•Thickness of different areas of pistons optimized, retaining same weight while increasing compression ratio from 12.3:1 to 13.0:1.
•Piston rings have Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) coating that improves sealing property.
•A new air-intake duct and air box with reduce air resistance, with a throttle-body bore that is up 2mm to 48mm. Fuel-discharge pressure is up 14%, promoting fuel atomization and raising combustion efficiency, while throttle response is improved by intake funnels with a slash-cut design.
•Magnesium construction of the oil pan and ignition cover contribute to a 4.4 lb. reduction in engine weight.
•Assist force in the slipper clutch has been increased, resulting in a 17% lower clutch-spring load. Die-cast aluminum assist cams (transmitting & receiving) reduce weight, while optimized clearance between the cams improve clutch-lever feel.
•The new, titanium muffler is 6.17 lbs. lighter, improving concentration of mass. Its double pipe structure enables more effective utilization of the expansion chamber, while the variable exhaust valve achieves an improved sound and good power delivery across the rpm range.
•Derived from the RC213V-S, the nine-level Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) measures front and rear wheel speeds and body roll angle, and also uses attitude-detection technology developed for ASIMO.
•Wheelie behavior is electronically mitigated during acceleration; based on wheel speeds, the ECU decreases the throttle-valve opening to reduce torque.
•The slip rate of the rear wheel is restrained during cornering and acceleration; torque is controlled based on vehicle roll angle, such as when turning, contributing to a sense of security during the riding experience.
•The rider can choose how strongly the engine brake is applied when the throttle is closed during deceleration; three levels of adjustability are available, depending on rider preference.
•A quick shifter allows shifting up or down without use of the throttle or clutch; the driving load on gears is reduced during shifting, simplifying the rider’s shifting process on the track, on winding roads or in traffic. For both upshifting and downshifting, feel can be adjusted between three levels.
•Adapted from the RC213V-S, the throttle-by-wire system (a first on a straight-four Honda) features a built-in Accelerator Position Sensor and improves response and rideability.
•A first on a Honda, the full-color thin-film-transistor liquid crystal meter features Street, Circuit and Mechanic displays and is designed to be less intrusive for the rider.
•On the fly, the rider can choose from three riding modes, each of which offers a preselected combination of power level, HSTC, engine braking and suspension. Two additional “user” settings allow custom combinations of settings.
•The lithium-ion battery is one-half the weight of the previous, lead-acid battery. Service life is improved, and the central mounting location helps improve mass centralization.
•Portions of frame walls have been thinned down to reduce weight by 300 grams while maintaining appropriate flexibility.
•Redesigned die-cast aluminum subframe is 600 grams lighter.
•Swingarm section thicknesses have been adjusted resulting in weight reduction of 300 grams lighter and an increase in torsional rigidity.
•Wheels have five Y-spokes instead of six for improved aerodynamic stability, while thickness has been reduced to cut weight by approximately 100 grams.
•Radiator has a new high-density core that achieves same level of heat dissipation while reducing width by 30mm and weight by approximately 100 grams overall.
•Minimalist, aggressive, aerodynamic design reduces widths at front of fairings; top fairing is 24mm narrow and middle fairing is 18mm narrower.
•World’s first titanium fuel tank for a mass-production road bike is manufactured using ultra-deep drawing process; weight is reduced by 2.87 lbs., improved concentration of mass, and knee-grip area is 30mm narrower.
•A first for a Honda production motorcycle, the CBR1000RR SP has semi-active Ã–hlins Electronic Control (EC) suspension, with 43mm NIX 30 EC fork and a TTX 36 EC shock. Settings are optimized electronically to suit the conditions.
•The anti-lock braking system (ABS) features rear-lift control (RLC), for smooth, effective braking on corner entry; braking force is controlled according to lean angle, and hard trail braking is allowed.
2017 Honda CBR1000RR SP – www.Totalmotorcycle.com
USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $19999 USD
Engine Type 998cc liquid-cooled in-line-four-cylinder four-stroke
Bore x Stroke 76.0mm x 55.0mm
Compression Ratio 13:01
Induction PGM-FI; 48mm throttle bodies
Ignition Digital transistorized w/ electronic advance
Transmission 6 speed
Final Drive 16T/43T; chain
Valve Train DOHC; four valves per cylinder
Front 43mm telescopic fork; 4.7 in. travel
Rear Unit Pro-Link® single shock; 5.2 in. travel
Front Two 320mm discs w/ hydraulic calipers; ABS
Rear Single 220mm disc w/ hydraulic calipers; ABS
Rake (Caster Angle) 23.3º
Trail 96mm (3.8 in.)
Seat Height 32.3 in.
Ground Clearance 5.1 in.
Wheelbase 55.3 in.
Fuel Capacity 4.2 gal.
Color HRC Tri-Color
Curb Weight* 431 lbs. 429 lbs.
*Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride
Meets current EPA standards
Models sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment
2017 Honda CBR1000RR SP – www.Totalmotorcycle.com
Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ See dealer for pricing in CDN
Engine & Drivetrain
Liquid-cooled inline four cylindre
Bore & Stroke
76 mm x 55.1 mm
Chain-driven DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
PGM – Dual Stage Fuel Injection
Close-ratio six-speed (with Quickshifter)
#530 O-ring-sealed chain
Chassis & Suspension
Telescopic inverted fork with an inner tube diameter of 43 mm, and a NIX30 Smart-EC (Ã–hlins) Front Fork with preload, compression and rebound adjustments, 120 mm (4.7 in.) travel
Unit Pro-Link with gas-charged TTX36 Smart-EC (Ã–hlins) damper featuring preload and compression and rebound damping; damping adjustment, 60 mm (2.36 in.) travel
Front: 120/70ZR-17 radial Rear: 190/50ZR-17 radial
Front: electronically controlled ABS – 320 mm dual hydraulic disc with Brembo radial mounted calipers and high performance track ready pads Rear: electronically controlled ABS – 220 mm hydraulic disc
834 mm (32.8 in.)
1,405 mm (55.3 in.)
195 kg (430 lbs.) including required fluids and full tank of gas – ready to ride
12 months, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus
2017 Honda CBR1000RR SP – www.Totalmotorcycle.com
European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ See dealer for pricing in GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
Bore Ã— Stroke (mm) 76 x 55
Compression Ratio 0.5423611111111112
Engine Displacement (cc) 999cc
Engine Type (cm³) Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC Inline-4
Max. Power Output 141kW/13,000rpm
Max. Torque 116Nm/11,000rpm
Suspension Front Telescopic inverted fork with an inner tube diameter of
43mm, and a NIX30 Smart-EC (OHLINS) Front Fork with preload, compression and
rebound adjustments, 120mm stroke
Suspension Rear Unit Pro-Link with gas-charged TTX36 Smart-EC (Ã–hlins) damper featuring preload and compression and rebound damping adjustment, 60mm stroke
Tyres Front 120/70ZR17 58W
Tyre Size Rear 190/50ZR17 73W
Wheels Front 17 inch
Wheels Rear 17 inch
Dimensions and Weights
Battery Capacity (VAh) 12V-4.5AH(Li-ion)
Caster Angle 23.3°
Dimensions (LÃ—WÃ—H) (mm) 2,065mm x 715mm x 1125mm
Frame type Diamond; aluminium composite twin spar
Ground Clearance (mm) 129mm
Kerb Weight (kg) 195kg
Seat Height (mm) 820mm
Trail (mm) 96mm
Wheelbase (mm) 1404mm
Clutch Wet, multiplate clutch
Final Drive Chain
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